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How to Create a Beautiful Basket of Mother’s Day Flowers

As usual, Mother’s Day is observed every year on the second Sunday in May.  Do you know why?  The correct answer is “because in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day a national holiday to be observed each year on the second Sunday in May.”  This year Mother’s Day is May 14th.

The style of this basket also makes it possible to be a May Basket!  Martha Stewart says it’s hard to find the origin of May Baskets.  I agree!  There are many versions online about the origins.  Martha further says “surprise a loved one by hanging a basket on her doorknob.”  Its time to roll up my sleeves and get to work!

So I have decided to create a basket of flowers that could be a May Basket or a beautiful basket of Mother’s Day flowers!  The split wood basket that I have chosen to use is a light honey color.  The empty basket measures 9.5” long and 5.5” wide.  Its depth is 6.5”.  On the back of the basket there is a curved split wood handle that makes it a perfect candidate for hanging on a door knob.  Since the bottom of the basket is flat, it also sits very securely on a table top.

I chose four large pink hydrangeas to be the “stars” of the design.  Twigs of honeysuckle foliage will lend an airy look to the overall floral design.  Luck was really with me when I found honeysuckle in bloom with delicate white blossoms and they also have a sweet aroma!

Be sure to fully hydrate both the hydrangea and the honeysuckle by the cutting the ends of the stems underwater.  Warm water will move up the stems faster, but still let them sit in the warm water for at least 30 minutes before starting the design.

I will need a knife to cut the oasis for the liners and a pair of sharp floral clippers for cutting the flower stems.  For accessories, I will use a “French Vanilla” satin ribbon and a pretty card for writing a note.  The plastic liners are “cut-down” Fiji water bottles which will sit perfectly inside the basket!  I will place the oasis inside the two liners and add enough water to fully saturate it before adding the flowers.

Now that everything is ready, it’s time to set the saturated, oasis filled liners side by side into the basket.  The first flowers to be inserted into the oasis will be the 4 pink hydrangeas.  The first hydrangea to be inserted will stand slightly above the handle, and the second one will be slightly angled over the front of the basket.  The remaining two hydrangeas will be added at about the same angle, one at each end of the basket.

Next, add the honeysuckle.  Adding a light stem of honeysuckle that extends beyond the basket handle will add airiness to the design.  The finished height of the design is 12” and the finished width is 13”.

The only things left to complete the design are to tie the ribbon and bow around the basket.  And please don’t forget to attach a pretty, feminine card and sign it with an appropriate note!

Maybe I’ll surprise my neighbor with a beautiful basket of flowers!

by Evelyn Kinville, Behnke’s Garden Blogger

Stephanie Fleming was raised at Behnke’s Nurseries in Beltsville. Her Mom, Sonja, was one of Albert & Rose Behnke’s four children. She was weeding from the moment she could walk and hiding as soon as she was old enough to run, so many weeds, so little time. Although she quickly learned how to pull out a perennial and get taken off of weed pulling duty.

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